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Looking for Welsh trad music in NE US

GUEST,celtaddict (crumbled my cookie again) 08 Feb 10 - 11:51 AM
GUEST,leeneia 08 Feb 10 - 02:05 PM
Two of a Hind 09 Feb 10 - 07:37 AM
breezy 09 Feb 10 - 08:47 AM
sian, west wales 09 Feb 10 - 09:26 AM
sian, west wales 09 Feb 10 - 09:27 AM
GUEST,leeneia 09 Feb 10 - 05:21 PM
GUEST,leeneia 09 Feb 10 - 05:34 PM
Maryrrf 09 Feb 10 - 06:51 PM
Splott Man 10 Feb 10 - 07:31 AM
GUEST,celtaddict (whose password no longer works!) 10 Feb 10 - 01:20 PM
GUEST,celtaddict 10 Feb 10 - 02:54 PM
Maryrrf 10 Feb 10 - 03:44 PM
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Subject: Looking for Welsh trad music in NE US
From: GUEST,celtaddict (crumbled my cookie again)
Date: 08 Feb 10 - 11:51 AM

I am looking for leads for a festival performer of traditional Welsh music in the Northeast U.S. or of course someone on tour in late summer. We are a small festival with a budget that is at least as strapped as anyone else's. We have had one Welsh singer who is very good but we would like some variety from year to year. Any suggestions?


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Subject: RE: Looking for Welsh trad music in NE US
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 08 Feb 10 - 02:05 PM

You could try sending a message to the Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu Association, explaining what you are looking for and asking for suggestions.

The Gymanfa Ganu is an annual hymn-singing festival. As people with an interest in Welsh culture, its leaders may be aware of someone you could use.


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Subject: RE: Looking for Welsh trad music in NE US
From: Two of a Hind
Date: 09 Feb 10 - 07:37 AM

If you go to www.trac-cymru.org you will find all the artists and information you require. I can personally recommend Blach Rowan and Mike Gulsto and Ned Clamp and Pat Smith for performances in english and Welsh on Welsh themes.

Terry
newportfolkclub.co.uk
south wales


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Subject: RE: Looking for Welsh trad music in NE US
From: breezy
Date: 09 Feb 10 - 08:47 AM

sorry already booked to play in St Albans on St david's Day/night

Congrats to the English Team last week end, it was becoming rather repetative, nice to give you a chance by an act of folly, still if we had kept 15 on for the whole game ...........


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Subject: RE: Looking for Welsh trad music in NE US
From: sian, west wales
Date: 09 Feb 10 - 09:26 AM

Umm. It's "Blanche" and Mike "Gulston", just for correctness' sake.

If you contact us at trac we could email our performers' email list to see if anyone is touring at that time.

I wouldn't have thought that the WNGGA would be able to provide a lot of information in this particular instance.    Who did you have before?

sian


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Subject: RE: Looking for Welsh trad music in NE US
From: sian, west wales
Date: 09 Feb 10 - 09:27 AM

Oh - forgot to add ... we're sending Blanche and one of our Board members, Dan KilBride, to North American Folk Alliance in Memphis, TN, next week. If you're there, you can touch base with them.

sian


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Subject: RE: Looking for Welsh trad music in NE US
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 09 Feb 10 - 05:21 PM

I just googled 'Welsh folk musician' and found nobody in the U.S. So even if there is only a 1% chance that the Gymanfa Ganu leadership can suggest someone willing to share Welsh music, that's 1% more than nothing.

Celtaddict, if the budget is really tight, you might just hold a session, the way I do. Borrow a projector, copy some pieces, and tell everybody to bring their instruments and voices. Gotta have chords, of course.

See if you can persuade (or pay) a music teacher or choir director to be the leader. A person like that can get everybody going and has the skills to solve musical problems.


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Subject: RE: Looking for Welsh trad music in NE US
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 09 Feb 10 - 05:34 PM

Here's another person who might have a suggestion.

See if you can get contact info for Geraint Wilkes of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is a native Welsh singer and entertainer who tours. If your town is too far away for him, perhaps he can suggest someone closer to home.


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Subject: RE: Looking for Welsh trad music in NE US
From: Maryrrf
Date: 09 Feb 10 - 06:51 PM

Here are a couple of suggestions:

Jodee James

Moch Pryderi

Moch Pryderi

I don't know how far north you are but Moch Pryderi is located in Virginia - They may well be willing to travel. We booked them for our concert series and they were very good, very nice to work with, and very professional.


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Subject: RE: Looking for Welsh trad music in NE US
From: Splott Man
Date: 10 Feb 10 - 07:31 AM

Apart from the honorable mentions above...
There's a group of people on MySpace called the Chicago Tafia Welsh Society who take a few artistes over to the US from here (Wales), they may be a useful contact.
The Welsh songwriter, David Llewellyn is resident in Nashville, contactable via his own website or MySpace.

Splott Man


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Subject: RE: Looking for Welsh trad music in NE US
From: GUEST,celtaddict (whose password no longer works!)
Date: 10 Feb 10 - 01:20 PM

Thanks, Splott! Besides the current search, we are building a list of 'possibles' so this is good information.


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Subject: RE: Looking for Welsh trad music in NE US
From: GUEST,celtaddict
Date: 10 Feb 10 - 02:54 PM

Jodee James has been here the past couple of years. We enjoy her, but try to mix it around as much as possible. Moch Pryderi is probably beyond our budget but I will definitely contact them. I am told there may be a Welshharper on tour in the U.S. late August and will try to contact. I too was not helped by Google, asking in various formations (music/musician/singer/band, traditional/folk, Wales/Welsh) and have contacted Art Ketchen at Celtic Beat but am not having much luck so far, so thank you all for the suggestions, and I am hoping for more!


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Subject: RE: Looking for Welsh trad music in NE US
From: Maryrrf
Date: 10 Feb 10 - 03:44 PM

You might find that Moch Pryderi are willing to work with you. Certainly worth asking.


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Subject: RE: Looking for Welsh trad music in NE US
From: Susan A-R
Date: 10 Feb 10 - 08:57 PM

I've a friend, Sarah Hotchkiss, here in VT who plays and teaches Welsh tunes. she's a fine fiddler, and a good teacher if you do workshops as well. pm me if you want more info and I'll put you in touch.


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